DOUGLAS (Doug) WALKER
Director of Facility, Custodial and Safety Services
Doug joined the Aramark Facilities team at Nyack College Graduate School and Seminary in May of 2005 as the operations manager. Doug’s knowledge of different trades and his natural ability to lead made him the ideal choice to become Director of Facilities in 2010. Now he is both Director and Pastor for the Facilities Department personnel. He cares deeply about those who work under his care, and that is incentive for his teams to grow individually and as a team.
Doug oversees all aspects of preventative and day to day maintenance, housekeeping and safety at both Rockland and New York City campuses. He works collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to enhance their educational experience and environment. The crew of approximately 25 Housekeepers and 15 Tradesmen keep Nyack’s campuses clean and maintained. He is responsible for building maintenance, custodial, grounds, fleet, facilities planning, repair and campus safety. Doug works to ensure that both grounds and college vehicles meet or exceed county, state and federal codes in all areas.
Doug has enhanced the Security of the campus in several ways. Surveillance cameras have been added to more buildings and areas so that intruders or inappropriate activities can be detected early.
Working hard to create a paperless office, Doug has implemented an on-line parking permit and citations system. He has also streamlined office policies and procedures, so that more is being done electronically. This has created greater efficiency and provided more time for preventative maintenance and larger projects, (like renovating Simpson Hall).
His leadership and stream-lining allows more time for training. Students who come to work in our trades area often have no experience with plumbing, carpentry or any other crafts. Similarly, those who join the custodial team often have no experience except for light cleaning at home. Much time is put in to training so that by the time students leave or graduate, they are equipped with skills that they can use any time in the future.
Doug works continually to grow Nyack College’s relationship with the Village of South Nyack, Upper Nyack and Orangetown. Joint projects as well as individual projects by either Nyack College or the Villages are coordinated so that little interruption is made to the campus during utility or street work. Doug is also working alongside the Village to enhance the beauty of the campus in conjunction with Aramark’s and Nyack College’s beautification projects.
When students go home for the summer, Doug and his teams step up their schedules to make repairs, restore furniture, paint where needed, do deep cleaning and whatever else needs done to prepare for the next semester, all the while working with the many summer conferences that take place on campus.
Some of us believe he makes Facilities the best place to work on campus. We may be prejudiced; he’s a great boss.
RICHARD (Richie) LOPEZ
Assistant Facilities Manager
Rich joined the Aramark team at Nyack College Facilities in January of 2009. He came on as a painter, but quickly became a valuable part of all of the operations of the Buildings and Grounds crew, and especially assisted in the Housekeeping Department. He was promoted to the Custodial Manager and moved to the NYC Campus in January of 2014.
Rich commented that the decision to move to the Manhattan Campus was difficult, even though in one sense it felt like going “home.” In 2017, Rich began to divide his time between Manhattan and Nyack as he took on more of the overall management. He moved in to the roll of Assistant Facilities Manager, spending most of his time at the Manhattan campus, but visits Nyack regularly to help. He says his co-workers supported him through some very hard times. They are, in many ways, “family.” Rich appreciates working with and for Aramark and Nyack College. He says he feels blessed to work here, but we believe he is the one who blesses all those who come into contact with him.
As often happens here at Nyack, Susie has come full –circle. From 1996 until 2001, she worked here as the Assistant to the Director of Facilities. She moved on to work in the student financial services office for ADCP, Nyack’s.Adult Degree Completion Program. She transitioned to become the Assistant to the Director for SADE, School of Adult and Distance Education.
In 2010, Susie became the Academic Coordinator for SADE; but Facilities was blessed to have her return as our Office Manager in December, 2017. Her incredible ability to organize, achieve and complete projects – big and small – has gotten the office in good shape. She coordinates scheduling with Directors and Supervisors and is literally the energy behind almost everything in the office. Her positive attitude, even when she is addressing issues, contributes to the great atmosphere in the office.
Mothers delight in their children. Susie is no exception when it comes to her two grown children, Dannah and Mario, Jr.. You can see her joy when she talks with – or about them. We think that delight and joy carries over here. She says she loves everything about working here and it shows in all she says and does. And that contributes to our believing this is the best office on campus.
Jean-Carlos came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2015. Facilities was fortunate to hire him in September of 2016. His dedication, enthusiasm and standard of excellence in all he does led to his move to Housekeeping Supervisor in December, 2017.
He is wonderful at juggling the cleaning of so many buildings with his team of student workers. Jean-Carlos’s challenge is to plan custodial care wrapped around students’ ever-changing schedules. but he and the students are a great team.
He loves what he does here and that is evident in his almost-constant smile. The only things that makes Jean-Carlos smile brighter is when he speaks about his daughter, Charlize, who is 1 ½ , and the little boy they are expecting in November. Okay. Then there are his lizards. They make him smile too.
Lead Officer of Security, comes from Ghana, West Africa, between Ivory Coast on the west and Togo, on the east. He studied at Abrui Sec Tech. He moved to the United States in August of 1997. He has three (3) beautiful children: Evelyn, Yaw and Afua.
When he first came to the U.S., Sam worked as a Warehouse Supervisor for Intellesale.com. In 2004, he began working as a Security Guard simultaneously for Command Security and SSC (Security Systems of Connecticut). In 2013, he became Lead Officer of Security (SSC) here at Nyack College and left Command Security to devote his time exclusively to the college.
Sam commented that he likes everything about the college staff and the environment. Besides making us feel safe and secure, when he flashes his big bright smile, Sam makes the campus a brighter place to be.
One of Debby’s assignments is to work with Security to help keep our campus safe. This involves making sure everyone has a parking permit. Her favorite part of the working at Facilities is interacting with Nyack College’s amazing faculty, staff and students. There are always a few Bible promises and a basket of candy on her desk. There is an open invitation for anyone to sweeten their day by dropping in for a hug, a verse of the day, and maybe a snicker or almond “joy.”
Beginning in January of 2018, student workers have taken on the custodial care of the campus. They work with enthusiasm and dedication. The crew not only cleans, but they shovel snow and help in many ways. While they earn some money, it is their servant-hearts we notice as they clean the campus for their faculty, staff and peers.
Seven full-time Tradesmen with another 5 – 8 student workers care for our campus and grounds. We have great carpenters, plumbers, HVAC technicians, groundskeepers, electricians, mechanics and general maintenance staff. Some of our tradesmen have been with us for more than 10 years, and a few more than 20 years. Their gifts, talents and dedication keep the campus a safe, beautiful and comfortable place for our faculty, staff and students.